As it becomes increasingly legally available, marijuana is shedding its shady rep and moving into a more refined role. Fancy people can now enjoy very fancy pot, and some of them are even pairing it with wine.
Like any kind of pairing, personal taste and (in this case) tolerance play a big role, but there are some general guidelines you can use as a weed and wine pairing road map.
The Delivery System Matters
You’re going to be pairing subtle flavors other subtle flavors and, just as the shape of a wine glass can affect the flavor of your beverage, how you consume your pot can alter the sensory experience. A vaporizer made for cannabis flower is the way to go, as it will let you taste the nuances of the strain much more clearly than a joint would.
Consult the Experts
As the marijuana industry grows, so does the marijuana journalism industry, and there are ton of great charts and pairing recommendations for you to try on for size. Sam Edwards, president of the Sonoma Cannabis Company, told NPR that, generally speaking, “sativas go well with whites,” and “indicas go well with reds,” but you can get much more specific about it. Leafly in particular is an excellent resource for this kind of thing, with all sorts of infographics to help you navigate the world of cannabis and vino pairings.
Unlike weed and food pairings, you’re going to have an easier time pairing like flavors with like, rather than aiming for contrast. Blackberry Kush could help bring out ripe, berry notes in a Malbec or Syrah, and more citrusy strains would probably very nice with a crisp sparkling wine. The fun here is in experimenting, so don’t be afraid to try, take notes, and revise your pairing plan as needed.
Mixing alcohol and marijuana is not for everyone, and interactions need to be taken into consideration. It’s worth mentioning to your friendly dispensary employee that you plan on mixing vices, so they can discuss possible effects, and steer you away from any pairings that might be a bit much. Though it wasn’t wine, I’ve had some rough experiences pairing weed with alcohol, so proceed with caution, and make sure you’re in a happy, safe space before you begin this experiment.